March 2020


Student support initiative addresses emergency financial needs

CONTACT: Marmian Grimes, 907-460-4750, mlgrimes

Student services professionals throughout the University of Alaska will be able to quickly address student needs in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a new student support initiative.

The initiative will allow front-line staffers at each university to draw on new funding sources to help students with a wide variety of emergency financial needs. The goal is to solve those problems quickly so students can continue their studies.

“Just like all Alaskans, our students are struggling with the financial impact of this pandemic,” said University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen. “Sometimes $100 to help with a household bill or utility payment can mean the difference between staying in school and dropping out. Helping our students clear these hurdles is the right thing to do.”

Funding for the initiative will come from two sources. Johnsen has allocated $450,000 in university funding to the effort. Each university also has a designated Student Support Fund that will allow financial contributions from alumni and donors to make gifts to address urgent student needs beyond those that can be met by the universities.

Since the start of the pandemic, student services offices have seen an increase in requests for help. As classes moved online and campus buildings closed, students have faced greater financial hardships. Some students have seen their hours reduced or eliminated at their off-campus or on-campus jobs, and are struggling to choose between making a tuition payment or paying rent, filling their gas tank or purchasing school supplies, or paying a phone bill or buying food.

Student services units at each of the universities will be responsible for working with individual students and approving requests for help. Students can find applications for help online at http://bit.ly/uacovidresources.

Alumni and donors who want to contribute to student support funds can visit giving pages at UAA (https://engage.alaska.edu/uaa), UAF (https://engage.alaska.edu/uaf) and UAS (https://engage.alaska.edu/uas), or at the UA Foundation(https://engage.alaska.edu/).

“This partnership between our alumni and donors and the university will allow us flexibility to address the broad range of immediate needs our students are dealing with,” Johnsen said.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS:

  • University of Alaska system – Saichi Oba, associate vice president for student and enrollment strategy, 907-450-8146, stoba
  • University of Alaska Southeast – Lori Klein, vice chancellor for enrollment management and students affairs, 907-796-6057, laklein.
  • University of Alaska Anchorage – Bruce Schultz, vice chancellor for student affairs, 907-786-6108, brschultz
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks – Keith Champagne, vice chancellor for student affairs,907-474-2600, kmchampagne2.

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To protect the health of our staff, students, supporters and the general public, Doyon Foundation staff will be working remotely beginning Thursday, March 19. Foundation business operations will continue as much as possible, and our staff is here to offer support virtually. You may email us or leave a voice mail, and we will get back to you. We will continue virtual operations until it has been determined that it is in the best interests of public health to reopen our office.

Experts tell us the best way we can address the pandemic is to practice social distancing at all times, and self-quarantine if we feel ill or have been exposed to people or places with COVID-19.

And while it is in our best interests to separate ourselves physically from each other, it is also important to remember this: We are all in this together. Not one of us is unaffected by the changes taking place in the world around us. And though we may not be able to be there for each other in person, we are still there for each other.

We at the Foundation are listening to your voice mail. We are at our computer reading your email. We’re connecting with you on social media. We’re here to support you.

Take care of yourselves and your families, and be in touch if we can be of service.

The Doyon Foundation team,

Doris, Diloola, Allan, Dewey, Jennifer, Kaylee, Jenna, Purestyn & Kim

Dear friends,

During this unprecedented time of change and uncertainty in our community and our world, we at Doyon Foundation wanted to reach out and let you know we are here to support you however we can. If you have needs related to school, housing, food or transportation, please contact us and we will do our best to connect you with the appropriate resources.

We also wanted to let you know that, at this time, the Doyon Foundation office is operating normal business hours. We encourage you to call 907.459.2048 or email foundation@doyon.com with questions or requests for assistance. If for some reason, you need to visit the office in person, please call in advance so we can make necessary arrangements.

For more information on the coronavirus and what you can do, please see the Center for Disease Control’s website and the State of Alaska’s Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus page.

We understand there are many unknowns at this time. We encourage you to connect and check in with each other, especially with our precious Elders.

Edeghoyeneeghaalʉhdeneek, you all take good care (Denaakk’e).

Your Foundation family

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If you have questions about Our Language grants but you missed our first teleconference, we are pleased to announce a second teleconference has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 from 4 – 5 p.m. To participate, simply call 1.800.315.6338 and enter PIN 556677#.

Not able to attend the teleconference? You’re welcome to call anytime with questions – contact Allan Hayton, Doyon Foundation language revitalization program director at 907.459.2162 or haytona@doyon.com.

Through the Our Language grant program, the Foundation will award grants of up to $5,000 to fund language revitalization projects. Doyon region tribal governments/tribal councils/communities; nonprofit Alaska Native organizations, societies and community groups; and Alaska Native cultural, educational and recreational organizations/centers are eligible to apply.

Our Language grant proposals are due no later than Friday, April 3, 2020, at 5 p.m. Learn more on our blogdownload the application packet in Word here, or download a PDF application packet here.

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Language grant teleconference this Thursday, March 12, 11 a.m.

Planning to submit a proposal for an Our Language grant? Want some tips for developing your proposal? Have questions about the application or granting process? Need to brainstorm ideas for your project?

If so, then join Doyon Foundation for an Our Language grant teleconference this Thursday, March 12, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. To participate, simply call 1.800.315.6338 and use the PIN 556677#. 

Not able to attend the teleconference? You’re welcome to call anytime with questions – contact Allan Hayton, language revitalization program director at 907.459.2162 or haytona@doyon.com.

Through the Our Language grant program, the Foundation will award grants of up to $5,000 to fund language revitalization projects. Doyon region tribal governments/tribal councils/communities; nonprofit Alaska Native organizations, societies and community groups; and Alaska Native cultural, educational and recreational organizations/centers are eligible to apply.

Our Language grant proposals are due no later than Friday, April 3, 2020, at 5 p.m. Learn more on our blog, download the application packet in Word here, or download a PDF application packet here.

 

2018 strategic planning session

2018 strategic planning meeting; photo by Susan Paskvan

We are pleased to share our March 2020 Native words of the month! Thank you to Susan Paskvan and Dewey Kk’ołeyo Hoffman for providing these Denaakk’e (Koyukon) translations: 

Denaaggenaa’ = Our friends

Susan: Denaaggenaa’ eedaałne ts’eneeł’aanh. = It is good to see our friends again.

 

Dewey: Denaa lonhne needaatl. = A lot of people arrived.

For more translations, view our Native word of the month archives on the Foundation website.

We also invite you to access free online language-learning lessons by signing up for Doyon Languages Online! We currently have lessons available for HolikachukDenaakk’eBenhti Kenaga’ and Gwich’in, as well as a special set of Hän lessons based on the work of the late Isaac Juneby. All interested learners may sign up and access the courses at no charge – sign up today!